Dark Fantasy - Single Episodes
Dark Fantasy was a short series with tales of the weird, adventures of the supernatural, created for you by Scott Bishop. The series aired as a horror drama on NBC between 1941 and 1942.
Dark Fantasy was a series dedicated to dealings with the unknown. Originating from radio station WKY, Oklahoma City, it was written by Scott Bishop (of Mysterious Traveler and The Sealed Book fame) and was heard Fridays over stations. Tom Paxton served as announcer. The shows covered horror, science fiction and murder mysteries. Although a short series, the shows are excellent with some stories way ahead of their time. The following is a news promo promoting the show:
Every since Lights Out went out several years ago, fans of the fiendish have been clamoring for more good old goose-pimple horror drama on the air. Now they have it. One of the programs that currently freezes the airwaves with its chilling stories is Dark Fantasy comparatively new to the networks. In the late hours of Friday nights these shivery, shocking stories go out over NBC - right straight from Oklahoma City, which you might not have thought of as headquarters for haunts. Station WKY is the home of the Dark Fantasy plays, and the writer is Scott Bishop, who lives in the midst of mystery and the supernatural, represented by the innurnerable volumes of thriller fiction, fantasy lore and all kinds of horror literature that fill his home andhis office. Bishop has long contributed to network broadcasting and to magazines. He says, "Give the listener enough material to let his imagination go to work, and he'll supply his own goose-pimples." Dark Fantasy has been furnishing plenty of such material since last November. And judging from enthusiastic comment, the horror fans are responding with goose-pimples galore! Tune in every Friday on Station WKY Oklahoma City.
NOTE: Updated Release! Title corrections and other miscellaneous changes (16-Mar-2011).
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Subject: Rest of Sleeping Death
Subject: 1st Impression
Subject: Men call me mad too
Subject: Good Horror show
Subject: Recording quality
Subject: Good Stuff
Anyway, Dark Fantasy can be very affecting. The audio-play is so artificial and stilted that it becomes almost a work of art... a minimalist dreamscape.
Subject: Dark Fantasy
Subject: "Wooden cast? Bad Writing?" No..Just stupid reviewers.
The cast includes Ben Morris(who also took over the role of "Pat Novak" in PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE from Jack Webb) was in THOUSANDS of old time radio programs "BROADWAY IS MY BEAT also comes to mind.
The rest of the in-house cast, including the lovely and talented Eleanor Naylor Caughron (whose last name has been mis-spelled in just about EVERY possible way) Fred Wayne, Tom Paxton, Garland Moss, and Murillo Scofield are usually pretty damn good.
The cry of "Cliche" is ridiculous when aimed at any of these old shows.
IF YOU WERE WRITING A STORY TODAY AND USED THESE THE CRITICISM MIGHT BE VALID
But cliches only BECOME cliches because they work so well and a lot of them originated with THIS show.
To be a fan of OTR (like being a fan of old horror films) the FIRST TRICK is to try to put yourself in the place of a listener or viewer BACK THEN.
You haven't encountered these plot devices before so they aren't CLICHES to YOU.
They scare the HELL out of you.
Especially when you listen to them late at night (well, after 10 PM) like the audiences were back then...with the lights out and your eyes shut to help you VISUALIZE what's happening.
If you can't contribute YOUR part to this "Theater of the Imagination"---if, in other words, you have no imagination...then go watch some piece of crap CGI movie down at the local theater.
And, right at the end, when the Monster you thought was dead, suddenly does a "Carrie" on you and leaps up again...remember where you met that cliche first.
And it wasn't in CARRIE...it was in those old movies and old time radio...and, most especially, it was in the Realm that is
Subject: A Toast To The Radio Auteurs
Subject: At the Top... Dark Fantasy!
Mr Bishop's series demonstrates his inclusion into an elite class of writers and producers that would have to include such notables as Arch Oboler and Orson Welles. Many of Mr Bishop's plays could air in 2010, and there wouldn't be a clue that it wasn't contemporary, let alone give hints to the fact that this body of work is nearly SEVENTY YEARS OF AGE! The writing and production of Dark Fantasy has few equals.
Many thanks to Mr Prelinger and the Old Time Radio Researchers' Group for making so many fine programs available!
Subject: Turkey Sandwich with Extra Cheese
Subject: A fantastic show!
Subject: I love it!
oh, of course that a lot of these episodes have a not-so-subliminal moral, but here the fact that once radio was considered widely as a mind provoking thing and done in exellent quality is what's important.
dark fantasy is a great example for what non-muxical radio programs should be like. thank you for it.
Subject: Free Audio, Review
As with any series some episodes are better than others and I can especially rec' "The Demon Tree" and "W is for Werewolf".
With this being an Old Time Radio show, it suffers in the sound quality, with many episodes having lost the higher quarter of the audio spectrum, making some difficult to follow. I've found that these episodes are easier to listen to when using headphones. To reflect this I've lowered the "Reading" score.
Total Score 6/9
For more of my reviews visit http://freeaudioreview.blogspot.com/
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